The Project Development Stages
We consider that the HASD project has immense prospects. Its development stages are as follows:
|Stage 1||September 2008 – August 2010||The development of the Diagram working draft, methdology and work environment|
|Stage 2||August 2010 – July 2013||The development, improvement and promotion of the Diagram, the search for interference points|
|Stage 3||July 2013 - 2015||The promotion of the Diagram as the methodologocal basis for the aging problem solution|
|Further stages||2015 - ...||The development of the mathematical model on the Diagram basis|
These stages are described in more detail below.
The idea of the development of the Human Aging System Diagram and its first draft started up in our team in autumn, 2008. Since December, 2008, we began methodical work on the Diagram, and in April, 2010, we added urgency to these activities. The final outcome of the first stage of work is the elaboration of the first working draft of the Aging Diagram. This version will comprise about 500-600 blocks, and about ten co-authors will be involved, that will ensure representativeness of concepts, opinions and information at the Diagram.
Moreover, this work will result in the following:
- Scientific methodology of the Diagram
- The visualization concept
- Organized joing work environment
- Initial collection of presentation materials (the web-site, posters, handout materials, presentations)
At this stage aging interference points will be superimposed at the diagram (at least tentatively) on the basis of known approaches by different scientists. We shall also try to distinguish new approaches to interference into aging considering our Diagram analysis.
At this period a major goal will be the development of the Diagram and involvement of new authors namely, supplementing of the Diagram with additional information and improvement of visual and methodological approaches.
The Diagram should totally comply with the approved methodological requirements of the given stage. It should be comprehensive, that is, all aging causes revealed by science, and the ways from them to death should be included (possibly, not yet with the metabolic level of detail). The Diagram will also include additional information comprising reference to relevant projects and researchers, as well as “white spots” of modern aging science.
In parallel with this work, we shall improve the Diagram visual representation. The finished Diagram should be aesthetically pleasing, cognitive ergonomic (that is, easy-to-read), clearly conveying the aging essence and the possibilities of interference into it.
Such improvement of the Diagram form and content will ensure its scientific recognition. It means that scientific quality and verification of the Diagram, as well as its significance for the search for geroprotective and other interferences, will be recognized. Information on the Diagram will b published in leading academic periodicals, and additional reports on the Diagram will be regularly presented at major scientific conferences.
Concerning the search for interferences, in addition to the Diagram, a draft general concept of the aging problem solution will be developed in cooperation with experts in engineering disciplines and with those working in interdisciplinary projects.
We also hope that at the second stage scientist will beging to independently use and improve the Diagram.
The final stage is envisaged for 2011-2014
At the third stage we shall promote the Diagram as a methodological basis for the aging problem solution. We shall follow all the promotion approaches, including:
- other promotion techniques
Alongside with promotion, we shall continue to improve the Diagram in terms of its scientific aspects through deepening, detalization, digital models development, etc. For this purpose it would be necessary to support the research team of the Diagram major authors, while promoting independent use of the Diagram by scientists.
In the relult of these promotion efforts, leading institutions engaged in aging studies, both state and private, will recognize the Diagram as a major tool of defining and planning interference into human organism for aging and individual pathologies control.
These institutions will start planning and organizing thier work in the filed of aging control on the basis of the Diagram concept and specific proposals.
This will result in obtaining sufficient financing for age control programs in the fields defined with the use of the Diagram.
Not considering the prospects of the Aging Diagram development and use in detail, it should be mentioned that one of the most probable lines is a step-by-step transformation of the Diagram into a detailed mathematical model of an aging organism.